Less than 12 months after Australia lifted their first Twenty20 World Cup trophy high into the Arabian sky, they are back to defend their title on home soil.
For the first time since the competition’s inception 15 years ago, Australia will play host to what is its eighth edition.
And while the Aussies are slight favourites to become the first country in history to win back-to-back tournaments, and the second to clinch two championships, along with the West Indies, they will have their work cut out for themselves to repeat their heroics in the UAE last November.
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England and India have brought very strong squads Down Under, and are right in the mix to break their 12- and 15-year T20 World Cup droughts respectively.
While the likes of Pakistan, South Africa and last year’s runners-up New Zealand can never be fully discounted either, especially the latter two countries who are still chasing their maiden T20 trophies.
The 2022 competition has already begun in Geelong and Hobart, with the first round kicking off last Sunday.
Group A teams Netherlands and Sri Lanka and Group B sides Ireland and Zimbabwe took the final four Super 12 spots.
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The Super 12 stage begins on Saturday, and the eight teams who automatically qualified were Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, Pakistan, New Zealand and South Africa.
The final 12 teams are split into two groups of six, with each team playing rival members of their group once.
After each team has played their five round-robin matches, the top two from each Super 12 group progress to the semi-finals and a champion will be crowned on November 13 in the final at the MCG.
The West Indies are the most successful team in the history of the tournament, having triumphed twice in three editions in 2012 and 2016.
But they were bundled out of contention after a loss to Ireland on Friday.
Besides the West Indies, other past winners include Australia, India, England, Sri Lanka and Pakistan.
After enduring the biggest gap between tournaments last year (five years, 2016-2021), this year saw the shortest gap since the 2009 and 2010 competitions in England and the Caribbean respectively were separated by just 10 months.
SUPER 12 GROUPS
Group 1: Afghanistan, Australia, England, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Ireland
Group 2: Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Netherlands
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SUPER 12 FIXTURES (all times local)
Sat, Oct 22: Australia v New Zealand, SCG, 6pm (Group 1)
Sat, Oct 22: Afghanistan v England, OS, 7pm (Group 1)
Sun, Oct 23: Sri Lanka vs Ireland, BA, 3pm (Group 1)
Sun, Oct 23: India v Pakistan, MCG, 7pm (Group 2)
Mon, Oct 24: Bangladesh v Netherlands, BA, 3pm (Group 2)
Mon, Oct 24: South Africa v Zimbabwe, BA, 7pm (Group 2)
Tue, Oct 25: Australia v Sri Lanka, OS, 7pm (Group 1)
Wed, Oct 26: England v Ireland, MCG, 3pm (Group 1)
Wed, Oct 26: Afghanistan v New Zealand, MCG, 7pm (Group 1)
Thu, Oct 27: Bangladesh v South Africa, SCG, 2pm (Group 2)
Thu, Oct 27: India v Netherlands, SCG, 6pm (Group 2)
Thu, Oct 27: Pakistan v Zimbabwe, OS, 7pm (Group 2)
Fri, Oct 28: Afghanistan v Ireland, MCG, 3pm (Group 1)
Fri, Oct 28: Australia v England, MCG, 7pm (Group 1)
Sat, Oct 29: New Zealand v Sri Lanka, SCG, 7pm (Group 1)
Sun, Oct 30: Bangladesh v Zimbabwe, Gabba, 1pm (Group 2)
Sun, Oct 30: Pakistan v Netherlands, OS, 3pm (Group 2)
Sun, Oct 30: India v South Africa, OS, 7pm (Group 2)
Mon, Oct 31: Australia v Ireland, Gabba, 7pm (Group 1)
Tue, Nov 1: Afghanistan v Sri Lanka, Gabba, 2pm (Group 1)
Tue, Nov 1: England v New Zealand, Gabba, 6pm (Group 1)
Wed, Nov 2: Zimbabwe vs Netherlands , AO, 2:30pm (Group 2)
Wed, Nov 2: Bangladesh v India, AO, 6:30pm (Group 2)
Thu, Nov 3: Pakistan v South Africa, SCG, 7pm (Group 2)
Fri, Nov 4: New Zealand v Ireland, AO, 2:30pm (Group 1)
Fri, Nov 4: Afghanistan v Australia, AO, 6:30pm (Group 1)
Sat, Nov 5: England v Sri Lanka, SCG, 7pm (Group 1)
Sun, Nov 6: South Africa v Netherlands, AO, 10:30am (Group 2)
Sun, Nov 6: Bangladesh v Pakistan, AO, 2:30pm (Group 2)
Sun, Nov 6: India v Zimbabwe, MCG, 7pm (Group 2)
Wed, Nov 9: Semi-final 1, Group 1 winner v Group 2 runner-up, SCG, 7pm
Thu, Nov 10: Semi-final 2, Group 2 winner v Group 1 runner-up, AO, 6:30pm
Sun, Nov 13: FINAL, SF1 winner v SF2 winner, MCG, 7pm
*Key: AO = Adelaide Oval, OS = Optus Stadium, BA = Blundstone Arena
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South Africa $8.50
New Zealand $11
Sri Lanka $34
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